Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool

2 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   1
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0



Great product, magnesium is easy to shave from the…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $10.99


Great product, magnesium is easy to shave from the bar and the flint is attached solidly. All in all a great product to have in your kit.


  • Good magnesium
  • Flint well attached


  • Need to attach own striker

Burns white hot as it should. Mix this with some waxed jute or other tinder and even in miserable conditions you should get a fire started. Make sure you have something to strike the flint with and something that will collect a quarter sized pile of magnesium in and you're good to go.

If this is your first time using a mag bar practice in the backyard before you are depending on this to get you out of trouble in the backcountry. 


They are effective. I got a good 3 in a package deal…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $7.65


They are effective.


  • Compact
  • 2-in-1 (flint stick + fuel)


  • Shaving magnesium is hard
  • Does not have a striker

I got a good 3 in a package deal from Ebay and bought em. I was thinking of giving them a try when the time comes until checking if a prior review was posted or not. Not for this particular one, but I saw a not so good review about the very identical one by Coghlan's. I respect the guy's review about it being junk, but I can nowhere near state the same think for this one.

It comes in a plastic bag with instruction leaflet about how to hold it, shave from the magnesium edge, strike from the flint edge and everything. It's kind of tricky to get used to, however once you get a hold on to it, it is extremely efficient. Magnesium pile, it does catch fire (I personally put em to test and they lit, I even burned my finger), but I do not know if it is a must to do to get the fire to start. If the very initial bedding you will lit with a spark from this tool, is dry and fluffy enough to catch the fire by itself, then do not bother try to shave from the magnesium edge because the sparks from the flint is just big and plenty enough, they will definitely start your fire.

I can honestly say they are dependable.

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We think this reliable fire-starting tool should be a staple in everyone's emergency kit for camping, traveling, and otherwise. Simple, effective, safe design allows you to create fuel and light your fire in two steps. Outperforms similar designs from other manufacturers. Used by the U.S. Armed Forces.


Used by survival experts throughout the world. Starts hundreds of fires with a flame source of 5400degF. Sparking insert built in.

- Mountains Plus

Doan Machinery Magnesium Fire Starter Uses magnesium as a flame source for hundreds of fires. Simple to use- just shave pieces of magnesium onto dry twigs or other kindling. Scrape sparking edge with knife to ignite magnesium.

- Moosejaw

Description of Doan Magnesium Fire Starting ToolThe magnesium Firestarter was invented by Doans company founder Mr. Sol Levenson in 1973A Dependable, Life-Saving Tool No Outdoorsman Should Be WithoutIts size makes the The Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool convenient for pocket or tackle box.FeaturesPackaged for Retail or for Survival SalesAdopted by the U.S. Armed forces for their survival kits.Count on it to work, wet or dry, even with damp kindling.And all you need to make it work is a knifeHow it WorksBy scraping the shaving edges with the blade, you will accumulate a pile of magnesium shavings.Simply scrape the sparking insert to ignite the shavings to temperatures of 5400F, hot enough to light even the most stubborn campfire

- US Outdoor Store